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'Mad With Rage,' This Singer Took to Self-Harm for Relief

Garbage singer Shirley Manson recalls her history with cutting

(Newser) - Unrequited love, a "peculiar, joyless relationship," depression, and a feeling of not fitting in like other girls is what drove Shirley Manson "mad with rage" when she was in her late teens—and what led to her longtime "secret." The Garbage frontwoman reveals that secret... More »

Did Huckabee Sanders Deserve It? 2 Opposing Views

'Washington Post' says Trump officials should be able to 'eat in peace.' A columnist disagrees

(Newser) - Did a Virginia restaurateur go too far by asking Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her establishment? The incident came after the Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen and top Trump aide Stephen Miller were publicly heckled at DC restaurants. Below are two different views on whether this kind of thing is... More »

Conservative George Will's Push: Vote Dems in Midterms

Columnist rips on Paul Ryan, 'louts' Stephen Miller and Corey Lewandowski

(Newser) - George Will quit the Republican Party two years ago due to Donald Trump's candidacy. Now the conservative columnist is pushing a new strategy: to topple the GOP in the midterms. In a Washington Post op-ed with the explicit title "Vote Against the GOP in November," Will cites... More »

James Comey Responds to Inspector General Report

He disagrees but respects the process

(Newser) - James Comey has penned an opinion piece in response to the Department of Justice’s much anticipated internal watchdog report , which criticizes the former FBI director’s actions surrounding the agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email account. The inspector general’s 500-plus page report faulted Comey for announcing... More »

Don't Ignore Those Privacy Policy Emails

They reveal important changes in how your data is collected and shared: Mona Ibrahim

(Newser) - You've probably noticed emails about companies' privacy policy changes arriving in your inbox. It's less likely you've read them—though it's important you do, says lawyer Mona Ibrahim. Writing at Polygon , Ibrahim notes the emails may be "asking permission to do and track a lot... More »

Give Teachers 40% More, but With Caveats

'WSJ' columnist says certification needs to be better to ensure higher-quality teachers

(Newser) - Robert Maranto thinks public school teachers should be paid more—up to 40% more, in fact. But they'll have to work for it, he writes in an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal , because "you can't get something for nothing." Maranto talks about differing viewpoints... More »

Don't Want Trump to Win in 2020? Stop Being So Preachy

'NYT' piece says liberals don't realize how 'self-righteous' they can be

(Newser) - Retaliation against liberals may be what ends up getting President Trump re-elected. That's Gerard Alexander's take for the New York Times , in which he notes liberals are inspirational in their idealism and smart—but "not as smart and persuasive as they think." Alexander warns that liberals,... More »

Democrats Have Little Hope of Taking Senate Now

Don Blankenship's loss makes that clear, according to Politico analysis

(Newser) - Tuesday's primary results brought a dose of reality to Democrats: They have little or no chance of taking control of the Senate next year, writes Charlie Mahtesian at Politico . Democrats' hopes were raised briefly by the prospect of once-imprisoned coal executive Don Blankenship winning the GOP nomination in West... More »

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Kanye's Ignorance Is 'Deep' and 'Dangerous'

Essayist calls out artist for comments on slavery

(Newser) - Add Ta-Nehisi Coates to those criticizing Kanye West over his assertion that slavery was a "choice," along with West's previous statements about race in the US. The African-American essayist is out with a long, critical piece in the Atlantic , in which he writes that "West's... More »

We Should All Be Worried About Barnes & Noble

David Leonhardt: It's in the country's best interest for the chain to thrive

(Newser) - Barnes & Noble is in real danger of disappearing, and that has David Leonhardt of the New York Times worried. This isn't just a case of a corporate giant being unable to keep up with the new age, he writes. It's the result of a misguided government policy... More »

Donald Glover's 'America' Video Is Packed With Meaning

One critic calls it a perfect, disturbing 'snapshot of the American cultural landscape'

(Newser) - You'll have to watch it more than once to pick up on everything going on, especially in the background. That's one common take in the wake of the newly released "This Is America" music video by actor Donald Glover, though under his musical alias, Childish Gambino. See... More »

Retired Justice's 6 Words of Advice for Student Protesters

'Get rid of the Second Amendment'

(Newser) - Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is the latest prominent figure to applaud student protesters calling for action on gun control. But in an op-ed published Tuesday in the New York Times , he says they should raise their demands to include—constitutional defenders, prepare yourself—a "repeal of... More »

Conservative Booed Out of CPAC: I Found It 'Freeing'

Mona Charen '[refuses] to be absorbed into this brainless, sinister, clownish thing called Trumpism'

(Newser) - A day after she was escorted out of the Conservative Political Action Conference for her own safety after taking conservatives to task for supporting politicians accused of sexual misconduct, including Roy Moore and President Trump, Mona Charen doubled down in an op-ed for the New York Times . "I'm... More »

Magazine Raises Idea of Impeaching Thomas

Jill Abramson makes the case in 'New York' because of his 'lies' under oath

(Newser) - Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson authors a controversial new cover story for New York magazine, and the headline pretty much explains all: "The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas." The lengthy piece revisits the Supreme Court justice's infamous confirmation hearings, along with the allegations of... More »

Does Coercion Equal 'Rape'? 2 Takes on Aziz Ansari

Bari Weiss says allegation trivializes #MeToo movement

(Newser) - When Sezin Koehler first read that Aziz Ansari made a date feel "violated," she thought, "This isn't sexual assault. This is several bad dates I have been on in the past." It was then that Koehler remembered what she calls a "scarily similar" encounter—... More »

MeToo Movement Has Women 'Frail as Victorian Housewives'

Daphne Merkin has some complaints about the current atmosphere

(Newser) - Daphne Merkin is expecting to see more #MeToo hashtags pop up Sunday as female celebrities attending the Golden Globes sport all-black eveningwear in support of the movement against gender inequality and "inappropriate conduct" in Hollywood. Or should we say "sexual harassment" or "sexual assault"? The conflated,... More »

Blame Logan Paul—but Blame YouTube, Too

Its economic model rewards 'outlandish' behavior: 'Wired' essay

(Newser) - YouTube star Logan Paul has endured plenty of abuse for a horrifying video he uploaded Sunday, showing a dead body in Japan’s "Suicide Forest." But those calling him "garbage" might want to expand their periphery, says Louise Matsakis. "There's no excuse for what Paul... More »

Newt Gingrich Predicts 'Political Surprise' for 2018

He says Republicans will win big in next year's elections

(Newser) - One common sentiment among political pundits is that Democrats are on track to deliver a political shellacking to Republicans in the 2018 elections. At Fox News , however, Newt Gingrich is predicting the "great political surprise" of the new year: Republicans will not only win, they'll win big. "... More »

Acting AG Fired by Trump Thinks 'Core Values' at Risk

But a critic of Sally Yates' op-ed thinks she's being 'despicably hypocritical'

(Newser) - Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Trump just days after he took office for declaring that the Justice Department wouldn't defend a Trump executive order on immigration. She's now had almost 11 months to ponder the state of the US, and in an op-ed for... More »

USA Today May Have Written Most Anti-Trump Editorial Yet

'Not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library'

(Newser) - Wow, tell us how you really feel USA Today . The newspaper absolutely unloaded on President Trump in an editorial Wednesday that is drawing attention for its scathing language. For instance: "A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets... More »

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